Former LSU OL La’el Collins signs with Dallas Cowboys, says team will be 'the best offensive line in NFL history' _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU player from Baton Rouge La'el Collins gestures before boarding a bus at the LSU Football Operations Building headed for the Music City Bowl Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

A nightmare week just got worse for former LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins.

Thirty-two picks flew by in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft, but the Baton Rouge native was not among those selected on Thursday in Chicago.

It marks only the second time in the past 11 years that LSU has not had at least one player taken in the first round. LSU also did not have at least one first-round selection in 2010.

The Redemptorist High School alumni was projected to be taken within the top 25 picks of the draft, though he had reportedly fallen off a number of teams’ draft boards following his name surfacing as part of a police investigation into the killing of 29-year-old Brittney Mills in Baton Rouge. Collins was not considered a suspect in the case, and he will meet with Baton Rouge homicide detectives as part of the investigation following the conclusion of the draft.

He reportedly requested permission to withdraw from the draft and enter the NFL through the supplemental draft, though the league denied his request on Thursday afternoon.